Federer, Berdych reach US Open quarterfinals
September 3, 2012 · Print This Article
US Open—New York
Top seed Roger Federer reached the quarterfinals of the US Open after his opponent Mardy Fish was forced to withdraw prior to the start of their match with health concerns.
Fish, who had a procedure done earlier this year to correct a heart arrhythmia, defeated Gilles Simon in four sets during the third-round. Tournament officials did not provide the exact reason for Fish’s withdrawal when the news was released.
Federer will play his 34th straight grand slam quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych. The Czech reached his first career US Open final eight after he defeated Nicolas Almagro 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1.
Almagro, who was treated for a shoulder injury during the match, has reached the third-round or better of every major this year. Pounding 17 aces and winning 90 percent of his first serve points, Berdych hit 39 winners to 16 unforced errors and converted on four of nine break point chances. Berdych never conceded his serve during the 120 minute encounter.
Croatian Marin Cilic blew by Slovak Martin Klizan 7-5, 6-4, 6-0. Klizan had defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier in the event. Cilic will be contesting his second career US Open quarterfinal against either Andy Murray or Milos Raonic.
Murray and Raonic are scheduled to play during the night session.
Tuesday’s action in New York will feature Novak Djokovic vs. Stanislas Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro vs. Andy Roddick.